Case Studies

Exeter VSimulator - Exploring Balance in Standing or Walking People

PhD student Naser Taleshi is using the University of Exeter VSimulator to explore the balance and control methods used by people standing or walking on moving surfaces.

Naser’s PhD project is investigating the mechanisms of balance and stability for different types of floor motion (roll, pitch, heave, and sway) at different levels and frequencies, representing real situations in transport and on structures. His aim is to identify challenging environments and enable them to be better designed for people with balance problems.

Naser is making full use of the facility’s AMTI multi-axis force plates supplied by Summit Medical & Scientific, the automated motion capture systems and the virtual reality supplied by experience designers Holovis.

Human and structure movement and force data will be collected using the force plates and motion capture to enable further understanding of the potential mechanisms responsible for human response to vibration and underlying motor control process. The video link below demonstrates the real time data capture generated by exposing a human occupant to the motion platform.

As well as the human motor output, the virtual reality will be used to help improve understanding of the neural systems and processes that underlie the human sensory system. Ultimately, this will provide a more comprehensive view of the dynamics of human structure interaction.

Naser is conducting the EPSRC-funded PhD study Dynamics of human-structure interaction under the supervision of Professor James Brownjohn in the Vibration Engineering Section and Dr Genevieve Williams in Sport & Health Sciences.

If you are interested in undertaking similar investigations and would like to discuss a programme which involves using VSimulators, for either academic or commercial use, please contact the VSimulators team at

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